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Three weeks of violence may or may not come to an end as Venezuela's embattled President, Nicolás Maduro, calls for a "peace conference." We hear about a troubled economy, the political legacy of the late Hugo Chávez, and America's interests in a country with the world's largest oil reserves. Also, a Uganda newspaper "outs" 200 homosexuals after the country's President signs anti-gay legislation, and more than 700,000 bitcoins worth $350 million have been stolen. What will that mean for the online currency designed to avoid banks and regulations? 

Banner image: Anti-government demonstrators run from tear gas during clashes with riot police at Altamira Square in Caracas February 24, 2014. Photo by Carlos Garcia Rawllins/Reuters

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Jenny Hamel
Liyna Anwar

Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Legislation 7 MIN, 49 SEC

A Ugandan tabloid newspaper today published a list of what it calls the nations 200 most significant homosexuals. This, after President Yoweri Museveni, signed harsh news legislation to punish gay and lesbians. The US says relations will be complicated. Alan Cowell is the New York Times senior correspondent in London.

Guests:
Alan Cowell, New York Times (@cowellcnd)

More:
New York Times on Nigeria's ban on same-sex relationships

Amid Nationwide Protest, Can Venezuelan Chavismo Survive? 35 MIN, 6 SEC

Venezuela, with the world's largest oil reserves, is in chaos after weeks of increasingly bloody violence on city streets and in middle-class neighborhoods. Protests that began three weeks ago in the city of San Cristobal have spread to Caracas and other parts of the country. Opponents blame the Socialist government for destroying the economy, creating a new elite and distracting attention by cracking down on legitimate protest. At least 14 people have been killed with 150 or more injured. President Nicolás Maduro, heir to the late Hugo Chávez, says "fascists" supported by the US are intent on staging a coup. Now, Maduro is calling for a "peace conference" tomorrow — hoping to be joined by Henrique Capriles, the state Governor he defeated in last year's elections. How did the current violence begin? Does the US really want "regime change?" Will energy supplies be affected worldwide?

Guests:
Nathan Crooks, Bloomberg News (@nmcrooks)
Francisco Toro, Caracas Chronicles (@CaracasChron)
George Ciccariello-Maher, Drexel University (@ciccmaher)
Harold Trinkunas, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst)

More:
Bloomberg on Venezuelan opposition cancelling Maduro talks as unrest grows
Ciccariello-Maher's 'We Created Chavez: A People's History of the Venezuelan Revolution'
Toro on the media blackout in Venezuela
Trinkunas on need for international support to engage in dialogue, craft a peaceful outcome

We Created Chavez

George Ciccariello-Maher

Bitcoin Theft Halts All Transactions 8 MIN, 13 SEC

Mount Gox, one of the most popular exchanges for Bitcoins, has shut down for all transactions after the theft of more than 700,000 bitcoins worth $350 million. The massive theft involves some 6% of all the bitcoins in circulation. Robert McMillan, senior writer for Wired magazine, explains how it happened and what it could mean for an alternative currency system.

Guests:
Robert McMillan, Wired magazine (@bobmcmillan)

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